LOCATION OF INJURYMystic River in Medford, MA
DATE OF INJURY1996
DATE AND AMOUNT OF SETTLEMENT1999 at $26,801.976
NRD SETTLEMENT FUNDS AVAILABLE$18,505
RESPONSIBLE PARTYLawrence Memorial Hospital/Hallmark Health System
NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
RELEASE OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCESSpill of #6 fuel oil into the Mystic River
INJURED RESOURCESSurface water and recreational uses
RESTORATION STATUSRestoration planning is ongoing
ADDITIONAL RESOURCESU.S. EPA Mystic River Initiative

 

Mystic River NRD Case Settlement

In 1999, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reached a settlement agreement with Hallmark Health System, d/b/a Lawrence Memorial Hospital for a total of $26,801.97 associated with a release of No. 6 fuel oil into the Lower Mystic River.

Natural Resource Trustees

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is the sole natural resource Trustee for the Mystic River Oil Spill.

Site History

In the spring of 1996, a leaking underground fuel tank system released # 6 fuel oil into a local storm drain, discharging oil into the Mystic River over the course of several months.

Injured Natural Resources

  • Surface waters (Mystic River) 
  • Recreational uses (boating)

Restoration Planning

Restoration planning is ongoing. EEA is an active participant in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mystic River Initiative. In 2007, EPA's New England regional office launched a collaborative effort with the communities along the Mystic River, together with local environmental organizations, to address water quality issues in the Mystic Watershed.

The Public's Role

MassDEP seeks proposals for projects in the Mystic River Watershed that will restore, replace, and/or acquire the equivalent of natural resources or natural resource services relating to resources and resource services that were injured by release(s) of fuel oil from or at the Global/Irving Terminals and Lawrence Memorial Hospital.  Click here for a copy of the grant application.

Mystic River NRD Trustee Contacts

MA Department of Environmental Protection
Karen Pelto
617.292.5785
Karen.Pelto@state.ma.us